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Hitzlsperger heads Germany to victory

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.56CET
Germany 2-1 Slovakia The home side moved five points clear at the top of Group D courtesy of this narrow success in Hamburg that featured two own goals.
Hitzlsperger heads Germany to victory
Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger celebrates after scoring against Slovakia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanySlovakia

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners6
 
5
Fouls committed10
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.56CET

Hitzlsperger heads Germany to victory

Germany 2-1 Slovakia The home side moved five points clear at the top of Group D courtesy of this narrow success in Hamburg that featured two own goals.

Germany moved five points clear at the top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group D with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Hamburg. After Ján Ďurica and Christoph Metzelder had traded own goals, Thomas Hitzlsperger struck the hosts' winner two minutes before the break.

Ďurica own goal
Hitzlsperger also threatened early on as Germany started on the offensive. Yet while their opening goal after ten minutes was not unexpected, it did come via a large slice of luck. Marcell Jansen burst clear down the right and pulled the ball back from the byline. The Slovakia defence failed to clear and Ďurica deflected the ball into his own net under pressure from Miroslav Klose.

Luck evened out
Germany seemed in total control but Slovakia got back on terms in bizarre fashion on 20 minutes. Attempting to thwart the run of Matej Krajčík, Metzelder inadvertently toe-poked the ball past Jens Lehmann at his near post. That setback knocked Germany out of their stride briefly though they almost regained their lead after 33 minutes when Bernd Schneider flicked just wide from Klose's cross. Joachim Löw's men only had to wait ten minutes more to restore their advantage, Hitzlsperger heading home after 43 minutes. Philipp Lahm curled in a left-footed cross from the right and the VfB Stuttgart player met his delivery with a firm downward header.

Second half stalemate
Germany continued to have the better of things in the second half with Clemens Fritz and Mario Gómez both going close as the hosts sought a clinching goal. It was not needed in the end as they held out for the victory that leaves them five points clear of the Czech Republic atop Group D. While they can look forward with confidence to resuming their campaign in Wales in September, fourth-placed Slovakia will require a win against the Republic of Ireland to revive their fading hopes.

Last updated: 07/06/07 10.49CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
16
LahmPhilipp Lahm
8
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
5
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
Goal10
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
Goal20
10
KlimplMaroš Klimpl
27
FritzClemens Fritz
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
8
FringsTorsten Frings
6
ŠtrbaZdeno Štrba
Yellow Card40
Substitution83
15
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Goal43
7
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
19
SchneiderBernd Schneider (C)
Yellow Card54
Substitution90+2
9
SaparaMarek Sapara
Substitution65
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution74
16
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution65
31
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Substitution65
11
VittekRóbert Vittek (C)

Substitutes

12
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
12
SeneckýŠtefan Senecký (GK)
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
17
BorbélyBalázs Borbély
38
RolfesSimon Rolfes
Substitution90+2
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
Substitution83
34
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
15
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
Substitution65
32
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution65
4
HodúrIvan Hodúr
37
HelmesPatrick Helmes
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution65
28
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution74
2
MichalikLubomir Michalik

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Ján Kocian (SVK)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Paulo Jorge Januario Leite Ribeiro (POR), Bertino Miranda (POR)

Fourth official

Bruno Paixão (POR)

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